4–7355 72nd Street, Delta BC, Canada
We know what you’re thinking: why the hell would I make a trip to Surrey for beer when there are about a million different craft breweries right here in Vancouver? For one, field trips are fun; and, two, a venture down the industrial wasteland that is River Road will just make you appreciate Four Winds’ brilliant lineup of brews that much more. Being outside the city has its perks: cheaper rent means a sizable (and beautifully designed) tasting room, and a brewhouse with space to boot. With a whopping 12 taps, there’s certainly no shortage of selection either. (By our math, you’d have to have 3 flights to try it all.) Brewmaster and production manager Brent Mills and his pops opened the joint in June 2013. In less than one year, Four Winds won the silver medal in the American-Style Brett Beer category for their Juxtapose Brett IPA, and in 2015 it was named Canadian brewery of the year at the Canadian Beer Awards. In addition to Juxtapose, Mills says, Nectarous, the brewery’s unmistakable sour, is one of his favourites. “We call it food for the gods,” he told us in an interview back in November. According to Mills, the ‘four winds' that inform this brewery’s beer production means they like to create beer of all styles: North American, Belgian, German, eastern European, and more. If that’s not a good enough reason to make the trip, we’re not sure what is.